There is in my view an increasing argument to allow the accused to remain anonymous just like their accusers, at least until after they have been found guilty or cleared of wrongdoing. There is also an increasing case that says the internet must be policed and offenders who are deliberate spreading lies brought to book.
"Why let the facts get in the way of a good story" was a saying you often used to hear in the newsrooms of our tabloid newspapers. It was usually meant tongue in cheek. But surely this is the case with Roy Hodgson, the England manager, who is being accused of making a racist remark by referring to a monkey during his half time team talk in the game against Poland on Tuesday.
I am often bemused when I hear discussions about the future of quality mainstream journalism. Most newspaper journalists
Archbishop Welby, the chap that, in his work costume, looks like a luminous yellow chess piece from space, has said that the church should apologise to gay people because of the way it has treated them. I expect he won't have to speak very loudly, or go very far to do so.
As is often the case when a celebrity gets papped in the almost altogether, recriminations flew shortly afterwards. Downing Street let it be known that it was very cross. The press had an entire street that was upset with it.